death·​ly | \ ˈdeth-lē How to pronounce deathly (audio) \

Definition of deathly

1 : fatal
2 : of, relating to, or suggestive of death a deathly pallor

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Examples of deathly in a Sentence

A deathly silence filled the room. his deathly pallor suggested that any attempt to find a pulse would be futile
Recent Examples on the Web For one, the bees that buzzed throughout several of the episodes are seemingly a symbol of Anthony's deathly fear of following in his father's footsteps and dying young from a bee sting. Andrea Park, Marie Claire, "What 8 'Bridgerton' Seasons Based on the Books Could Look Like," 12 Jan. 2021 Some people crawled across, while others fell back from the ladder rungs only to be caught by a half-dozen souls, carried along in a deathly procession, and then lowered to the ground and compelled to repeat. Lori Waxman,, "Live art in Chicago today — Art Institute, MCA Chicago and Cultural Center raising their game," 16 June 2019 Current Time 0:00 Duration Time 0:00 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 1 Trailer Part 1 of the film will be released Nov. 19, 2010. Chris Kohler, WIRED, "Deathly Hallows Trailer Shows Darker, Bloodier Harry Potter," 28 June 2010

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First Known Use of deathly

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Deathly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of deathly

: relating to or seeming like death : causing you to think of death


death·​ly | \ ˈdeth-lē How to pronounce deathly (audio) \

Kids Definition of deathly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: relating to or suggesting death The crowd became deathly silent.— John Reynolds Gardiner, Stone Fox



Kids Definition of deathly (Entry 2 of 2)

: in a way suggesting death deathly pale

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